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Proposal to amend Constitution is a beneficial initiative, opinion
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05:47, 13 Sep 2017

The amendment of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova for clearly specifying that the European integration is the strategic orientation of the state is beneficial to the country. If the Constitution includes such a provision, this would maximally impede the future maneuvers of the anti-European forces. The issue was developed in the program “Emphasis on today” on TVR Moldova channel, IPN reports.

Political analyst Anatol Taranu said that even if the anti-European forces win the legislative elections, it will be rather hard for them to change the country’s European course. “For the purpose, they will need not only to win the parliamentary elections, but to also have a constitutional majority, which is rather improbable given the state of affairs on the Moldovan political arena,” he stated.

The Democratic Party’s spokesman Vitalie Gamurari said the current Government assumed the obligation to put into practice the Association Agreement with the European Union and this is an international obligation undertaken by the state. “The non-fulfillment of this obligation can theoretically lead to international sanctions,” he said, noting that the amendment of the Constitution is aimed at strengthening confidence in the European course so as to refute such assertions as those that reforms are not wanted and these are mimicked.

Doctor of Constitutional Law Nicolae Osmochescu said that Parliament is not obliged to initiate a referendum on the issue before voting to amend the Constitution. If there is political will and a responsible attitude of the MPs, the necessary votes in the legislature could be found to change the Constitution, as it happened earlier.

The president of the Democratic Party Vlad Plahotniuc on September 12 announced that the PDM will initiate the procedure for amending the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova by introducing a reference that would specify that the European integration is the strategic orientation of the Republic of Moldova. For its part, the Party of Socialists issued a statement by which it condemns the PDM’s initiative, saying the Republic of Moldova should join the Eurasian Economic Union.

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